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Top 10: Most Wickets by Pacers in T20I

Pacers form the cornerstone of a bowling inning in the T20 format of the game, as they are the main architects of keeping the scoring rate of the opposition intact.

They are the ones who will be enlisted by their respective captains to bowl at various facets of bowling in the inning, be in the powerplays or the middle phase, and most crucially, at the death. Each has its own challenge, and a great pacer should be able to adjust to different game situations.

Let us take a closer look at the fast bowlers who have excelled in all these scenarios and emerged successful. An important metric to measure here is the wickets taken, so here are the top 10 wicket-takers among pacers in T20Is.

Most Wickets by Pacers in T20I

PlayerInningsWickets
Tim Southee (NZ)120157
Mark Adair (IRE)77107
Lasith Malinga (SL)83107
Mustafizur Rahman (BAN)90107
Bilal Khan (OMA)74106
Chris Jordan (ENG)8796
Haris Rauf (PAK)6490
Karan KC (NEP)6890
Aizaz Khan (HKG)7490
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (IND)8690

Key Stats

1300: Close to 1300 pacers have scalped at least a wicket in their T20I career, and 519 of them have 10 or more wickets in their kitty. This tally shrinks to 61 if we take into account the pacers with 50 or more T20I wickets, but it will definitely increase in the foreseeable future.

145: New Zealand’s Test skipper, Tim Southee, is the leading wicket-taker in T20I history. He has scalped over 145 wickets in 117 games at an astounding average of 23.42, with 2 five-wicket hauls to his credit.

1: The only pacer in both the top 10 list of ODI and T20I wicket-takers is former Sri Lankan T20 World Cup-winning skipper Lasith Malinga. He had a stunning average of 20.79 and an even more remarkable economy rate of 7.42, which makes him special.

2: Players from associate teams who have been featured here in this list are Bilal Khan of Oman and Karan KC of Nepal. Mark Adair represents another emerging team, Ireland, and has more than 100 T20I wickets.

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72: Syazrul Ezat Idrus, the Malaysian medium pacer, is the quickest to scalp the 50-wicket mark in T20Is in 25 matches, while Adair was the quickest to reach the 100-wicket mark in 72 games.

2: Pakistan is the only team with 2 players on this list: former bowler Umar Gul and current white-ball specialist Haris Rauf, with the latter proving to be a speedster to be reckoned with.

13.45: Syazrul Ezat Idrus of Malaysia has the lowest average among pacers with more than 50 T20I wickets, and Bilal Haasun of Uganda closely follows him next with an average of 13.58, which is mind-blowing. Umar Gul, with 16.97, has the lowest average among the Test-playing nations.

11.4: Syazrul Ezat Idrus also has the lowest strike rate among the pacers, and Lungi Ngidi, with a strike rate of 13, has the lowest among full-member teams.

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